Tuesday marked a seismic shift at Westminster, as MPs who had largely steered clear of devolved matters in Northern Ireland voted in favour of liberalisation of our abortion and same-sex marriage laws.
With Boris Johnson firmly in the lead in the Tory leadership contest concerns are growing over a no deal Brexit and the drastic steps he is prepared to take to ensure the UK leaves the EU on October 31.
The Court of Appeal ruling yesterday was a significant step forward for families determined to uncover the full truth about alleged state collusion in relation to the murderous activities of the notorious Glenanne Gang.
While expectations are never particularly high when it comes to securing a political breakthrough in Northern Ireland, there had been hopes that the shocking murder of Lyra McKee would provide fresh impetus to the stalled talks process.
The two Tories vying to become the next British prime minister came to Northern Ireland yesterday but demonstrated little by way of insight into the border, the Stormont impasse or the unique issues facing businesses on this island as the result of Brexit.
Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has come in for sharp criticism after suggesting British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and paramilitaries should be treated 'in the same way'.
It can be argued that, in many ways, it has already been comprehensively demonstrated that Boris Johnson is completely indifferent towards the hugely serious issues surrounding what is scheduled to become the only land border between the UK and the EU.
All around Belfast city centre there are signs of affluence, from the busy coffee shops and restaurants, tourists arriving from cruise ships and enormous cranes helping to construct hotels, offices and university buildings.
Boris Johnson's progress through the Tory leadership process has been remarkably smooth to date but if he beats Jeremy Hunt and gets the keys to Number 10 he will face enormous problems that will be anything but plain sailing.